Tall green and yellow trees grow from a large body of water

McGovern Lake at Hermann Park in Houston. Photo by Nathan Lindstrom.

One of my favorite gifts I’ve ever received is a hammock my best friend gave me for Christmas a few years ago. It now hangs below the 400-year-old oak tree in my backyard. When anyone comes to visit, provided it’s not chigger season, I always insist they go lie in the hammock. It’s an instant dose of peace and serenity. Often when I sway under the tree’s intricate web of leaves and branches, appreciating its beauty and impressive size, I reflect on how long it has persisted, despite Texas’ punishing weather; and how many people over the centuries may have admired it while contemplating nature’s endurance.

This issue is a celebration of things that have endured. Each story pays homage to a place, landmark, shop, or restaurant that is 100 years or older. Longevity requires perseverance, and care and attention over generations. When anything lasts more than 100 years, it’s a testament to the number of people who have loved it and invested in it. One of the great rewards of that labor and attention is knowing future generations can enjoy the same special places.

On a recent trip to Houston, I visited Hermann Park with my husband, kids, and father-in-law. It was our first time at the park, our favorite place in the city, since we moved from Houston to Austin five years ago. My husband and I had fun pointing out the spot where we got engaged and telling our son about his first visit at 2 months old. I hope our love of the park passes down to them and subsequent generations. We’d love to hear about your family’s favorite 100-year-old places in Texas. Email us your picks at [email protected].

Emily Roberts Stone
Editor in Chief

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